Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, is when Muslims devote themselves to their faith and fast from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan started on Sunday 05 May lasting until Tuesday 04 June and is obligatory for almost all Muslims.
Although certain groups are exempt for health and other reasons, some people with diabetes are keen to observe the fast, although the long daylight hours in the UK at this time of the year makes it a challenging time, even for those without medical conditions.
People living with diabetes who fast are at an increased risk of experiencing high and low blood glucose levels during Ramadan. People also need to be aware that there are changes to the body when fasting, so they may need to change when and how they take any medication that they rely on; so you are encouraged to speak to your community pharmacist for individual advice.